FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco vs Portugal prediction and betting tips (December 10)
Portugal smashed Switzerland by six goals to one in the Round of 16. Will they get a win over Morocco and qualify for the semi-finals?
Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in their 6-1 win over Switzerland
Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in their 6-1 win over Switzerland
by Dipo Lukman Dipo Lukman

Morocco will host Portugal in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

The match will start at 3 p.m. GMT on Saturday, 10 December 2022. The match venue is Al Thumama Stadium, ad-Doha, Doha.

Latest odds on betting sites

Morocco to-win odds are priced at 6.00 (+500; American 5/1 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.00 (+300; 3/1), while Portugal to-win odds are priced at 1.60 (-167; American β…— Fractional)

The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Morocco β€” 17%, draw β€” 25%, Portugal β€” 58%.

Latest betting odds on Morocco vs Portugal (10 December 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals β€” 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals β€” 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Morocco β€” 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Portugal β€” 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) β€” 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
  • Both teams to score (No) β€” 2.00 (+100; 1/1)

Match preview and statistics

Morocco qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in its history. They played a 0-0 draw against Spain full-time. Morocco played so well as they defended deep and allowed the Spanish side to have possession. They had all players back as they tried to counter when they had the ball. Morocco got a big chance in extra time but couldn't convert as the game ended 0-0.

Abdelhamid Sabiri converted the first penalty as he rolled the ball down to the right side of the goal. Pablo Sarabia missed for Spain as he smacked the right post. Hakim Ziyech made it 2-0 as he smashed his penalty to the middle of the goal. Bounou saved Spain’s second penalty to keep the scoreline the same.

Badr Banoune missed for Morocco as he was unable to secure the win. Sergio Busquets failed to convert his penalty as the keeper made another save. Achraf Hakimi sent his team to the quarter-finals with a nice chip down the middle of the goal.

Morocco had six shots during the game with two being on target. They completed 216 passes as they all sat deep to defend. Morocco can play a similar style against Portugal as the opponents are a very attacking side. Portugal isn't strong defensively and Morocco can hit on the counter.

Morocco team news: All players are fit and available

Portugal smashed Switzerland by six goals to one in the Round of 16. Goncalo Ramos opened the scoreline in the 17th minute as he hammered a shot into the near post. Pepe doubled their lead in the 33rd minute with a thumping header into the net. Goncalo Ramos made it 3-0 in the 51st minute with a nice finish from close range.

Raphael Guerreiro made it 4-0 in the 55th minute with a top finish after a counter-attack. Manuel Akanji pulled one back in the 58th minute with a nice finish from close range. Goncalo Ramos made it 5-1 in the 67th minute as he got his hat-trick with a nice finish into the bottom-left corner. Rafael Leao scored the last goal of the game with a curling finish into the net.

Portugal dominated the game as they created five big chances with 2.28 expected goals. They had 15 shots with nine being on target. Portugal was fluid in their attack as they made use of the wings and half-spaces. Bruno Fernandes was key to their win as created the most chances in the game (3).

Portugal team news: Nuno Mendes is out with a thigh injury. Danilo Pereira is out with a broken rib.

Morocco vs Portugal H2H

Portugal got a 1-0 win over Morocco in the 2018 World Cup.

Projected lineups and key players

Morocco projected starting lineup:

  • Yassine Bounou
  • Achraf Hakimi
  • Jawad El Yamiq
  • Badr Benoun
  • Noussair Mazraoui
  • Azzedine Ounahi
  • Sofyan Amrabat
  • Selim Amallah
  • Youssef En-Nesyri
  • Sofiane Boufal
  • Hakim Ziyech

Achraf Hakimi scored the winning penalty in their famous win over Spain. The Morocco international has won the most tackles in the tournament (14). Hakimi has provided one assist while creating three chances.

Portugal projected starting lineup:

  • Diogo Costa
  • Diogo Dalot
  • Pepe
  • Ruben Dias
  • Raphael Guerreiro
  • Ruben Neves
  • William Carvalho
  • Bruno Fernandes
  • Bernardo Silva
  • Goncalo Ramos
  • Rafael Leao

Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in their 6-1 win over Switzerland. The Portuguese international is the joint- second highest goalscorer in the World cup with three goals, overperforming his expected goals of 1.47. Ramos has provided one assist while creating two chances.

Predictions and betting tips

Portugal is the stronger team in this match and will be looking to get a win and qualify for the semi-finals. Morocco has shown they are a tough team to play against as they got a win over Spain on penalties after a tough game. Both teams have been brilliant in this tournament and it will be a tough game. I predict a draw at half-time and Portugal winning at full-time.

Goncalo Ramos was impressive in their last game after he replaced Cristiano Ronaldo and dropped a top performance. The Portuguese international scored the first hat trick of the tournament while providing an assist. Ramos will be eyeing the Golden Boot as he is second on the list. I predict Ramos to score. I predict over 2.5 goals.

Betting prediction: HT-FT X/2

Odds: 4.20 (+320 American; 16/5 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Ramos to score anytime

Odds: 3.00 (+200 American; 2/1 Fractional)

Morocco β€” Portugal
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